Let's Go to Where the Air is Sweet! "Sesame Street' Movie in the Works! 

Sunny day is sweeping the clouds away for "Sesame Street" fans.

20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the beloved children's television show and has hired longtime "Street" writer, Joey Mazzarino, to pen the script according to Heat Vision.

This would not be the first big screen version of "Sesame Street." In 1985, "Follow That Bird" was released featuring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Dave Thomas. And in 1999, "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" was released.

Now, with the success of "The Muppets," FOX seems to think that it's the right time to bring out our favorite residents of "Sesame Street" such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Shawn Levy ("Date Night," "Night at the Museum," "Real Steel") is attached to produce but will he direct and tell us how to get to "Sesame Street?" Stay tuned...

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So Long "Dumb and Dumber!" Jim Carrey Leaves Planned Sequel! 

First of all, why make a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel? The first one was funny, but the prequel was horrible! And the Farrelly brothers, I love them but they haven't really made a good comedy in a while!

So, is that why Carrey is leaving the planned sequel that was set to shoot this fall? According to Movies.com by way of Entertainment tonight, Carrey was supposedly upset that no one at New Line or its big sister, Warner Bros., was enthusiastic about the sequel.

Um, can you blame them?

Through his publicist, Carrey said, "I would have thought Dumb and Dumber Two was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title."

Oh, I got it!

Are you hearbroken about Carrey leaving the franchise?

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What to See at 2012 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival! My Picks of the Best! 

I am a big fan of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. All the filmmakers have unmitigated passion for their craft which gives the festival a grassroots feel waiting for community support.

Most of the entries submitted to the ShortFest move on to bigger and better things such as being nominated for an Academy Award. This year, the selections are wide-ranging with varying themes from love to the horrors of war. Here are my picks to help you enjoy the fest.

“Friend Request Pending”

Dame Judi Dench stars in this funny and smart look at the world of social media. Directed by Chris Foggin, “Friend Request Pending” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Modern Communication lineups. You will laugh and fall in love with this movie. Wait until you see Dench toss online acronyms like LOL and OMG. Even “The Avengers’” Loki aka Tom Hiddleston shows up for a funny cameo.

“The Missing Key”

A splendid, beautifully-drawn animation that’s part of the Short Stories from Down Under series. Directed by Jonathan Nix, “The Missing Key” is about the power of music and the things people do to harness it. This mostly silent film is a surefire Oscar Best Animated Short Film contender!

“What You Looking At”

A fierce drag queen and an even fiercer burka-clad woman get trapped inside an elevator. What follows next is a comic and endearing look at how opposites can be truly alike. Directed by Faryal, “What You Looking At” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Gay!La series.

“Jesus Loves Youssef”

A young boy on the verge of adolescence must find the perfect balance between Catholicism and puberty. Lebanon’s Ephrem Kossaify creates an honest portrait of a boy trapped between construed good and evil. This is part of the Rites of Passage series.

“Hot in the Zipper”

I thoroughly enjoyed this campy tale from director James Westby about three distinctly different women vying for the affections of a piano-playing single man. Set in 1947 Manhattan, this witty homage to the tough dames of the past mixes humor and music to great effect! “Hot in the Zipper” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Love, Lust…and Other L Words series.

“Road to Peshawar”

Set in 1988 during the last days of the Soviet-Afghan war, “Road to Peshawar” tells the tale of a father and his injured Afghani girl who must walk towards the Pakistani border for medical help. This unpredictable and affecting look at the horrors of war is also thoroughly heartfelt. Directed by Hammad Rizvi, “Road to Peshawar” belongs in the War and Remembrance festival series.

“Johnny Loves Dolores”

The plight of Filipino migrant workers is explored in this bold and affecting film from director Clarissa De Los Reyes. Johnny (Raul Arellano) is a money-remittance clerk who falls in love with Dolores (Princess Punzalan), a mother who entered the U.S. illegally so she can provide a better future for her daughter in the Philippines. The melodramatic nature of illegal immigrants is washed away by the splendid performances. “Johnny Loves Dolores” is part of the Love is in the Air series.

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Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler No Match for "Madagascar 3!" 

Tom Cruise's "Rock of Ages" and Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" failed to dethrone "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Everyone came in to the weekend knowing that the animated threequel would beat competition, but no one predicted it would be really dismal for both Cruise and Sandler. ("Madagascar 3" interview with Jada Pinkett Smith)

"Rock of Ages," a winning adaptation of the Broadway musical, landed at No. 3 with a disappointing $15.1 million. Directed by Adam Shankman, Cruise gave a memorable performance as rock star Stacee Jaxx. Featuring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Catherine Zeta Jones, Malin Akerman, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand, go watch "Rock of Ages." (For my interviews with director Adam Shankman, click here, with Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta, click here, and with Malin Akerman, click here, and for my "Rock of Ages" movie review, click here)

Previous weekend's box-office bonanza, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" held on the No. 1 position with $35.5 million! We'll see how it squares off with the new animated tale from Disney/Pixar "Brave" which will open next weekend.

"Prometheus" also held its No. 2 position with $20.2 million. This is a good sci-fi flick, a prequel of sorts to "Alien" from director Ridley Scott.

Sandler's much-maligned "That's My Boy" (yes it's bad, it makes "Jack and Jill" look like "Citizen Kane!") failed to even beat Kristen Stewart's "Snow White & The Huntsman" which placed at No. 4 with $13.8 million. "That's My Boy" settled to No. 5 with just $13 million. Sure it's R-rated, but it's the weakest opener for any Sandler movie!

But Phil Contrino, boxoffice.com editor, told E! that "Rock of Ages" has a better shot of salvaging its run. It has the makings of a cult hit (that's true!) Contrino said, and a good alternative for action flicks populating summer moviegoing.

The good news this summer? Two indie-flicks continue to over-perform! "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" placed at No. 8 with $2.2 million while the excellent "Moonrise Kingdom" from writer/director Wes Anderson took the No. 9 spot with $2.18 million. Hurray!

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of June 15th:

1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, $35.5 million
2. Prometheus, $20.2 million
3. Rock of Ages, $15.1 million
4. Snow White and the Huntsman, $13.8 million
5. That's My Boy, $13 million
6. Men in Black 3, $10 million
7. The Avengers, $8.8 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.2 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom, $2.18 million
10. What to Expect When You're Expecting, $1.3 million

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This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, instead of just 1 movie, I’m giving 3 movie giveaways! We have prizes for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” “Snow White & The Huntsman,” and “Rock of Ages.” Thanks to Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros. for giving us the opportunity to give you these one-of-a-kind prizes. (Watch Contest Video Below)

One lucky winner will take home the following:

“ROCK OF AGES” shirt and mini-posters
“MADAGASCAR 3” pencils, yoyo, hacky sack, tattoos
“SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN” bag, mini-mirrors that feature both Queen Ravenna and Snow White, T-shirt

Normally, we give away 1 prize pack for 1 movie, but this time, you get 3 prize packs all in one!

How to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever! :happy

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

Sorry international friends, this is only for U.S. residents

Check out the Contest Video:

"Snow White & The Huntsman"

Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with the huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.


Rupert Sanders


Kristen Stewart -- Snow White
Chris Hemsworth -- The Huntsman
Charlize Theron -- The Queen
Sam Claflin -- The Prince
Ian McShane -- Caesar
Bob Hoskins -- Constantine

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen), Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

In Theaters -- June 8, 2012

MPAA Rating -- PG (for some mild action and rude humor)

Genres -- Action/Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Sequel

Run Time -- 1 hour 35 minutes

Distributors -- Paramount Pictures

"Rock of Ages"

Small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

Director -- Adam Shankman


Julianne Hough -- Sherrie
Diego Boneta -- Drew Boley
Russell Brand -- Lonnie
Paul Giamatti -- Paul Gill
Catherine Zeta Jones
Malin Akerman -- Constance

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